Financial markets in Australia and New Zealand reopened after the long Easter holiday and were set to reopen across Europe later in the day.
The dollar index against a basket of six key rivals was a shade higher at 97.336, edging towards the 2019 high of 97.71 struck in early March.
The greenback has firmed in recent weeks on the back of higher U.S. 10-year Treasury yields and signs of strength in the U.S. economy following a weak start of the year.
Data released overnight showed U.S. existing home sales fell more than expected in March amid supply constraints and figures for new home sales will be released later in the day.
While those may provide some pointers to the state of the U.S. economy, a clearer picture should emerge from the gross domestic product report set for release on Friday.
“Investors will be looking for an increase in volatility in the days ahead as traders return to desks and earnings season in the U.S. steps up,’’ said Nick Twidale, Chief Operating Officer at Rakuten Securities Australia in Sydney.
“This week could give a strong indication of whether the dramatic dovish turn from global central banks, and in particular the Fed, over the last few months has been enough to change the global growth dynamic,’’ he said in a note.
Against the yen, the dollar gave up a tenth of a per cent to 111.80 yen, moving off a high for this year of 112.17 hit last Wednesday, while holding above its 200-day moving average.
Masafumi Yamamoto, Chief Currency Strategist at Mizuho Securities, said he did not see a strong driver for the greenback’s fall.
He added that the move could have been triggered by a risk-off tone in the Japanese equity market.
Yamamoto expected the yen’s strength against the dollar to be temporary as long as central banks around the world refrain from normalising policy through raising interest rates.
“The relative dovish tone of the central banks is supporting risk assets.
“That’s why dollar and yen have been supported by risk on trading.
“I think this kind of move will continue as long as major central banks make no move for a while,’’ Yamamoto said.
The Australian dollar drifted 0.1 per cent lower to 0.7128 dollar per cent ahead of the release of first-quarter inflation data due on Wednesday.
The greenback’s moves against the euro and sterling were small, with the single currency slightly lower at $1.1249 and the pound up a tad at $1.2985.
The Canadian dollar held firm after oil prices rallied to near six-month highs overnight on news that Washington plans to eliminate waivers next month for eight countries to buy Iranian oil without facing U.S. sanctions.https://nnn.ng/dollar-broadly-higher-in-thin-post-holiday-trade-euro-aussie-dip/
Dollar changes hands around 107.34 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
As markets opened here, the dollar was quoted at 107.34-35 yen, compared with 107.32-42 yen in New York and 107.20-22 yen at 5:00 p.m. on Friday in Tokyo.
The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1252-1257 dollars and 120.77-79 yen against 1.1250-1260 dollars and 120.82-92 yen in New York and 1.1320-1322 dollars and 121.35-39 yen in late Friday afternoon trade in Tokyo.
Dollar changes hands around 106.82 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
The United States dollar changed hands around the 106.82 yen level in early deals in Tokyo on Friday.
As markets opened here, the dollar was quoted at 106.82-83 yen compared with 106.81-91 yen in New York and 106.93-95 yen at 5 p.m. on Thursday in Tokyo.
The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1288-1289 dollars and 120.57-64 yen against 1.1294-1304 dollars and 120.71-81 yen in New York and 1.1362-1364 dollars and 121.50-54 yen in late Thursday afternoon trade in Tokyo.
Dollar changes hands around 108.39 yen level in early trade in Tokyo
The United States dollar changed hands around the 108.39 yen level in early deals in Tokyo on Tuesday.
As markets opened here, the dollar was quoted at 108.39-41 yen compared with 108.37-47 yen in New York and 109.48-50 yen at 5 p.m. on Monday in Tokyo.
The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1304-1305 dollars and 122.54-55 yen against 1.1289-1299 dollars and 122.38-48 yen in New York and 1.1300-1301 dollars and 123.71-75 yen in late Monday afternoon trade in Tokyo.
Dollar changes hands in upper 108 yen zone in early trade in Tokyo
The U.S. dollar changed hands in the upper 108 yen zone in early deals in Tokyo on Thursday.
The euro, meanwhile, fetched 1.1235-1236 dollars and 122.47-51 yen against 1.1229-1239 dollars and 122.31-41 yen in New York and 1.1215-1217 dollars and 121.95-99 yen in late Wednesday afternoon trade in Tokyo.